Who We Are
Little Free Library is a nonprofit that builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries.
Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
Why Does Book Access Matter?
We are facing a growing literacy crisis. Today in the United States, more than 30 million adults cannot read or write above a third-grade level. Studies have repeatedly shown that books in the hands of children have a meaningful impact on improving literacy. The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read. But two out of three children living in poverty have no books to call their own.
Little Free Library book-sharing boxes play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce. At the Little Free Library nonprofit, we’re working to fill book deserts and place libraries where they can make a big impact through our Impact Library Program and other initiatives.
Millions of Books Exchanged Annually
Our staff is dedicated to increasing book access and forging community connections. We help people around the world start and maintain Little Free Library book exchanges. Watch the adjacent video to get a 30-second introduction to how Little Free Libraries work, and how you can start one, too!
We provide ongoing support to Little Free Library volunteer stewards, offering free library-building instructions, an online store with pre-built library models and kits, access to free or discounted books, and an e-newsletter full of ideas and advice. Our Action Book Club, which combines reading with community service, is open to all.
We also maintain a world map of registered Little Free Library boxes to help people find and share books wherever they are, and we have donated more than 1,000 Little Free Library book exchanges (and counting!) to communities where books are scarce through our Impact Library Program.
Little Free Library Stats
3 out of 4 people report they’ve read a book they normally would not have read because of a Little Free Library
73% of people say they’ve met more neighbors because of a Little Free Library
92% of people say their neighborhood feels like a friendlier place because of a Little Free Library
Statistics are based on an informal survey of over 3,000 Little Free Library stewards and fans conducted by Little Free Library staff in October 2017.
Milestones and More Information
Little Free Library was honored to receive the 2020 World Literacy Award from the World Literacy Foundation. We are a Top-Rated Nonprofit by the Great Nonprofits organization and received Guidestar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency.
Little Free Library is a recipient of the Library of Congress Literacy Award, the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize, Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers Award, the Women’s National Book Association’s Second Century Prize, and the Force for Positive Change Award. Discover more of our milestones and awards.
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